Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Free Event

The Church of the Presidents and the Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, present a talk by historian Sara Georgini on her new book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family on Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the Church of the Presidents (United First Parish Church), 1306 Hancock St., Quincy, Mass.

Doors will open at 2:30; the program begins at 3:00. Ms. Georgini's talk will be followed by a reception with cash bar, coffee/tea, cheese plates, crudite and sweet treats, a book signing with the author, and tours of the Presidential crypt.

Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family's fortunes and young America's future. The Adamses, globetrotters who extensively chronicled their religious journeys, ultimately developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. Author Sara Georgini, series editor for the Papers of John Adams at the Massachusetts Historical Society, draws on this rich archive to demonstrate the significance of Christianity—as the different generations understood it—in shaping the family's decisions, great and small. Spanning nearly four centuries of faith from Puritan New England to the Jazz Age, Household Gods tells a new story of American religion, as the Adams family lived it.

This program is part of a year-long series of special events, #RememberAbigail, planned by partner organizations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abigail Adams's death in October 2018 and the 275th anniversary of her birth in November 2019. For more information, see
This event is free and open to the public.

1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-0062
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